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Old 2009-08-14, 11:13 PM   #16
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Grabbing the tire really helped me when I first learned the 36".

I soon stopped needing it but then noticed my 13 yr old intuitively grabbed the tire when he first tried the 36".
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Old 2009-08-15, 02:26 PM   #17
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This is my first post. I bought a 20" Nimbus 6 weeks ago and have spent, as of today, 20 hours on it. I'm able to turn circles and my furthest ride has been 487'. I also picked up a used KH 24" Muni last weekend from someone on this board. I got tired of mounting my uni off a curb, riding for a distance, then walking it back to the curb so today I tried the wheel grab. It worked on the second try and after about 30 attempts, I'm fairly consistent. I pulled out the 24" and got it on the second try! Talk about freedom now. Thank you for the advice, David.
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Old 2009-10-17, 08:52 PM   #18
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Yeeesss !!!

I feel good, ta da dadadadada...

I got a 24" muni a few monthes ago but for some good reasons, left it taking the dust in my garage...

Last weeks, I had some free time and tried it again and again and again and again... After let say 10 hours, I could ride almost consistently 15 meters. I must say that in was in a grass area I then moved to the street and suddenly could do 40m then 80m and now often go over 110m

I know 100m is not yet so far but I'm so happy already.

Living in a small village (Belgium - Libois), I had to walk about 100m every time to get a post to hold and mount mu uni Being lazy, this got quickly frustrating so I decided to learn to free mount.

I first tried the standard way but never succeeded. I then saw your post and tried. It did not take me 40 attempts to succeed the first time.

Ooooohhhh YES !!! I was feeling like if I was flying !

Thanks thanks thanks for your post !!! Thanks to Nomadic for posting the videos !
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Old 2010-01-22, 01:55 AM   #19
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This mount seems helpful for beginners. Here is another source besides Youtube of Rouch's videos who uses it:
http://www.ehow.com/video_2360189_st...unicycles.html

I hope my effort to reuse an old thread rather than create a new one appeases the thread-nazis.
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Old 2010-01-23, 08:48 PM   #20
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haha as long as we're bumping threads for mounting tutorials might as well post mine here.
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Old 2010-04-05, 09:48 AM   #21
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Beginner Freemount

Thanks to this thread I can freemount:

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Old 2010-04-10, 06:16 PM   #22
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I got this one last night on my 24 but couldn't pull it off on my 36er. soon I hope I figured that would take a little more work.
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Old 2010-04-11, 07:24 PM   #23
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ok got it on the 36er. It worked great for my muni ride today I was able to ride a lot more and hit a lot of up hill that I could not with the roll back mount.
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Old 2010-04-12, 12:57 AM   #24
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Way to go SOG316. Sometimes I think this is the best kept secret in mounting. But yesterday I started missing this mount on my 24". I would get my feet on then go off to one side or the other. Then I discovered I was choking; would try to balance before riding off - but if I just committed and kept the wheel rolling forward as soon as I got my feet on the pedals my percentage went way back up. Anyway, I still love this mount and its great to be free of the wall. I made my first commute to class (my apartment is on campus so it is only about 2000 meters) with a few stops. I thought the students (Chinese) would laugh but they were pretty much supportive or just in shock to see an old foreign teacher riding a unicycle. Its great to come out (as a unicyclist).
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Old 2010-05-31, 05:37 AM   #25
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Tried the hand on wheel mount on my 26". Took me 5 minutes to get it right. A nice easy mount for beginners. I can't do it on my 36" because the touring handles won't let me reach the wheel with my hands.
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Old 2010-05-31, 06:36 AM   #26
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But yesterday I started missing this mount on my 24". I would get my feet on then go off to one side or the other. Then I discovered I was choking; would try to balance before riding off - but if I just committed and kept the wheel rolling forward as soon as I got my feet on the pedals my percentage went way back up.
Some days I have to command myself to PEDAL as I come over the top of static mounting a 29". Some days PEDAL is followed immediately by KEEP PEDALING!

I've started to hit a real clean one some days and that feels really good to do one where there is no arm waving and weaving. Just a simple motion into pedaling away.

On the original topic, there is no way my back would fold enough to hold my tire. Too many years of abusing my back in other sports. I have to watch that forward bending or I get a couple days of a pinched nerve in my back. And that means only turning in one direction!

- actually it means not riding at all, having to run out a forward UPD with a pinched nerve is unacceptable to the pain receptors in my brain
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Old 2010-06-17, 01:30 PM   #27
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I learnt to freemount my 29" this way, after plenty of attempts at static mounts(which usually resulted in a pedal bite due too putting too much weight on the pedal, with metal pedals) When I got my muni i found could static mount it,so tried on the 29" and found I could static mount that too.
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Old 2010-06-21, 06:43 PM   #28
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Yeah, this works when learning to freemount, but it is a bad habit to get into. If you get into mountain unicycling and you have a muddy tire or it's really dirty, you're not going to want to be grabbing it.

But do what ever works.
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Old 2010-06-26, 10:40 PM   #29
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Hey All:
Just thought I'd add a few points to the discussion on this mount method as I have just finished learning it myself. I have been learning to ride for about a month, but was considerably slower at catching on than many folks on here seem to be.

I really love this method and found it quite easy to learn, especially since I am learning on a 24. I found the standard method quite impossible since it seems to rely on a person being able to balance and ride away immediately which is pretty difficult when you are new. With this method you have a lot more control over what you are doing and have a bit longer to get yourself set up before having to ride off. I started working on this mount when I was barely able to ride a few feet with the intention of freeing myself from having to use an object to help and I found that it was really important that I did everything exactly the same every time and the standard mount didn't allow enough time to do that. Though I am still very new to the uni, I can hit this mount without difficulty even on uphill or downhill grades which are quite challenging when first learning to ride.

While it is really difficult to describe how to do something like this, I thought I would try to clarify a few points that are really difficult to learn from the videos and current tips.

I started by concentrating on trying to hop up onto the pedal and ride away but found that many times, despite grabbing the tire, I wasn't actually getting myself far enough over the saddle to balance, resulting in the uni rolling out in front. After some trial and error, I discovered that the key to catching on to the mount was to concentrate only on getting the saddle to the vertical position and then catching the other pedal. It may seem to be splitting hairs, but when learning this I found that I really had to concentrate on each individual movement and changing the order of priority made a big difference. My standard method now is to:

-set the pedals near horizontal or where comfortable
-position the saddle exactly where you want it for riding
-walk forward to put pressure on the saddle
-here is the key point- hop up and do a nosedive directly over the front wheel as if you are trying to dive right over the uni while grabbing the tire. Not to worry here, you are holding the tire and will never go over the top. This shifts your weight directly up onto the seat and leans you enough forward to give the uni a bit of forward pressure so you will more easily ride away.
-You now have a tiny bit more time to get your other foot in position on the pedal without having to worry about missing it or positioning it awkwardly.

You will find that you can now ride away in a straight line without the first pedal stroke being so difficult to push.

No earth shattering insight here, I just thought that extra detail is often helpful and is easily forgotten once things become more automatic through experience.

Hope someone finds it helpful
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Old 2010-06-27, 03:51 AM   #30
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re: mounting on 24"

Not impossible, on near impossible, but it is a challenge coming so early in a Uni'ers riding. I learned to mount a 24" with no instruction and way before anyone had even heard the term WWW or even PC for that matter, and I knew no other unicycle riders so I was on my own for freemounting. So I learned to mount the way I mounted when I was holding on to something which ended up being what we call a roll-back mount.

I used that for all my unicycling until I got a 29" wheel and I set out to learn to static mount on a new size uni... took me a bit to get both skills down. But now I mount 1st try most days, but I'm still surprised when I do.

Congrats on the progress of your riding. I think you have given some useful advice for other new riders. You are not the first person to be challenged by freemounting and won't be the last.
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